Modi in Kerala: In politics, untouchability still exists

In the backdrop of protests by the Congress and the CPM against his visit to Sivargiri mutt, established by social reformer Sri Narayana Guru in the last century, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Wedensday said untouchability still existed in politics.

In his keynote address at the golden jubilee celebration of Sri Narayana Dharma Meemamsa Parishath at Varkala, he said, "If Narayana Guru's teachings were imbibed properly, the nation would not have gone through the present crisis. Although untouchability has been wiped out from society to a certain extent, it still persists in politics.''

Modi said terrorism and global warming were two threats faced by the world. Had the world tried to learn from Guru, who had preached "one caste, one religion, one god", there would not have been any place for terrorism, he said. The Hindu culture has survived only because of sanyasis like Narayana Guru, he added.

Though the Congress and CPM leaders had created a storm over Modi's visit to the mutt, BJP made the event its own. Hundreds of BJP cadres thronged the function and raised slogans for Modi when he reached the mutt. Roads leading to mutt were adorned with BJP posters. BJP state chief V Muraleedharan and former Union minister O Rajagopal were also present.

Mutt authorities said they had invited Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, A K Antony and Modi but only Modi accepted. They rubbished the Congress and CPM fears that by inviting Modi, the mutt would turn saffron.

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